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There has been much written about post-pandemic leadership models, effective post-pandemic leadership strategies, and post-pandemic efforts to return to pre-pandemic days. Little to nothing is being said about those who follow our leadership. What do they need? How do we keep our workforce engaged? John Maxwell has masterfully taught that leaders s…
 
Napoleon Bonaparte once stated that “Leaders are dealers in HOPE!” If you are a leader, how do you inspire hope in a chaotic world? Better yet, If you are a person that Trains the Trainer, how do you inspire those who need to inspire? Mark Cibort, President of Reaktor, North America wrote in INC Magazine an article entitled “5 Ways COVID Has Change…
 
The old adage is true; “What got you here, will not get you there!” You must maintain a sense of Hunger for personal growth; Live out true humility in front of your team; demonstrate what servant leadership looks – that requires a different intelligence. In order to set up the most dangerous thought a leader could ever have, I want to set the stage…
 
Not all leadership is great leadership! There are certain qualities that true leaders cannot afford to go without. Here are some of those qualities. HUMMILITY – C S Lewis accurately describes humility when he said that humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Recognize God’s giftedness in you and God’s calling upon. …
 
Jesus’ words in John 5:19 is our beginning point to understand a biblical cadence. Note his words; “…..the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does…the Son does likewise…” The key take away from this passage is that God is active and the Son, Jesus Christ is getting into the flow of …
 
Let’s pause for just a minute. If 4-in-5 Spiritual Leaders are stating it is difficult to invest in spiritual development and if running on fumes is the new normal; what is the person seated in the auditorium receiving for their spiritual development? As if the opening statement is not bad enough, 39% of Pastor’s are questioning their role and func…
 
Currently 44% of Americans state that Churches should be the center of counseling within the community. 74% of nonpracticing Christians 3 out of 4 people stated they would reengage the church if they offered sermon teaching content and mental tools and resources Statistics are strongly suggesting that people do not want to engage Faith that is only…
 
I suppose it goes without saying, but 2020 has proven to be very difficult in non-profit enterprises. The isolation, social distancing, and learning to speak into a camera, Questioning if anyone would return to church, have all served to be an extraordinary year filled with pressure. Tim Keller in a recent interview with Barna Research Group shared…
 
The key question that demands an answer is how do we captivate people’s heart? There are three things that I would offer to answer this question. Be Authentic – Pay The Price – It will be significant – Give Value to others. Leadership is not about being in charge. It is more about caring for those in your charge! Let’s consider 4 aspects of Leading…
 
We are going to examine 3 Beliefs that will make a difference in your leadership ability. Perspective, specifically, how to have a belief perspective. Consider some ways to win with people.•Do for others what they cannot do for themselves•Encourage other peoples dreams•Give people a reputation to uphold•Compliment others in front of their peers•Let…
 
It is hard to believe on one hand that one year has passed since our COVID lock-down and social distancing lifestyle started. On the other hand, it has felt like 2020 would never end. So, what has changed in this unforgettable year? There are several data points to examine and some questions to ask ourselves as leaders. To start with churches are n…
 
If you have not read any of Tim Keller’s work, you are missing out on some of the deepest reflective writing ever published. Pastor Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian in New York with just a hand full of people and it grew into 5,000 adult worshippers weekly. He retired from his position 3 years ago. During COVID in May 2020 he was diagnosed with…
 
It is painfully obvious that every person has something in their life that is causing grief in this COVID journey. Stop for a moment to think of all the ways that people have lost something in the past year. Graduations Birth shared with family & friends Death Vacations that never took place Daily workflow Loss of Community Virtual only meetings Is…
 
Why is it important to find a place of Peaceful Presence in the face of a Chaotic World? Because we live in a world of “quick-fix leadership.” There is a need for decisiveness and clarity while living in a world that inhibits decisiveness and clarity. Peaceful Presence is needed for anyone who has questioned data over maturity, technique over stami…
 
The Barna Group has been quite involved in data collection during the pandemic shut-down. They has gathered data in real time from over 10,000 pastors and congregations over the last year. We are going to examine 3 key data sets of information to give a snapshot of one year later of our COVID journey. The first data set is about; Satisfaction with …
 
The ultimate communication skill is the ability to INSPIRE others! – Jim Rohm Lead by example, this is how leaders make vision and values tangible. This is how they provide evidence they are personally committed. This is what people look for and are willing to follow. – Kouzes & Posner The are 4 key questions that you must answer as a leader if you…
 
Successful People Think Big Picture It is one thing to think big picture thinking is important. It’s another to actually think BIG! When you get into the presence of a big picture thinker, they will not belittle you for your small thoughts. They will make you a bigger thinker! A great book suggestion is David Schwartz; The Magic of Thinking Big. Le…
 
Before we get into the 5 aspects of taking your leadership decision making to the next level, I want to review what I believe are 5 Decisions that every Leader must make. 1.Personal Decision – I will intentionally grow every day 2.Ministry Decision – I will attempt things so big that if accomplished only God will get the credit. Jerry Falwell made …
 
When the culture of your Team is weak, you must bring in an abundance of heavy, precise rules, processes and systems. But a strong culture allows autonomy, empowerment, and development among your people. A strong culture equals TRUST. A weak culture equals DISTRUST! The ultimate question is “How do we build a strong culture in our Team? Understand …
 
In order to live a life that is all in you need to think like a winner! One of the key differences between people who win in life and those who whine in life is those who win are all in! Those who whine in life are not committed. Understand this leadership fact; “Everything worthwhile is uphill!” If you are going to live all in, let me say now, tha…
 
Are You an Expander or Container? So, what is an Expander and Container? EXPANDER – They love action, thrive in chaos, and are out their 100% of the time. CONTAINERS – They are detailed oriented, Like to keep on top of things, they do not like chaos, they love to create systems. As a Leader, do not make everyone around you like yourself. If you are…
 
What Can The Apostle Paul Teach Us? While leading the church at Thessalonica, Paul gives us 4 Metaphors that can be used to gain a clearer perspective of what Leadership should look like and its impact upon the Leadership vacuum that is exists. STEWARD – 1 Thessalonians 2:4; “But just as we have been approvedby God to be entrusted with the Gospel s…
 
Barna Group is a premier research company that has been involved in studying trends in the faith community for many years. They have been able to add the prior 20 years of research to the impact of our COVID journey to give us a powerful image of trends. Understand that data trends in your location may be different from the national snapshot. The i…
 
One of the HUGE AH-HA moments of 2020 was facing the reality that our COVID shut-down caused everyone to become a “Start-Up”, even if it was momentary. We were jolted by the prospect of doing business in a cultural environment that did not exist any longer. Simply to use the word SHOCKING is a true understatement. As we begin the journey into a new…
 
Regrets are a part of our life. We can’t live without regrets, but we can learn through them. Understand that it is never too late to take a step in the right direction. There are 4 key regrets that I want to remove from my life. Spending Too Little Time With The Right People Nothing is more ill-fitting than spending time with the wrong person. •Sp…
 
Details of The Nativity Look At The Star – It Says, “God Wants Me To Find Him” – Matthew 2:9-10 “ After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold the star that they had seen when it rose went before them and came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” God is not…
 
God’s Entrance Into History Through Christ Deep Change That Required New Ways of Behaving – Luke 2:1-20 This whole Christmas story is one that forces us to behave in different ways. Society then and society now was ingrained in certain religious patterns and ways of performing. Then God sends Jesus to work not only within the religious order but al…
 
Angelic Visitation INTRO: What would your reaction be to an angelic visitation? Would it be like Mary’s who offered six lessons on praise? Scripture: Luke 1:46-56 The Testimony – Mary gives thanks to God for six things – 1:46-56 God’s Condescension – God Took Notice of Her – vv.46-48 The reality of God noticing and bestowing favor upon her caused M…
 
Have you given any thought about writing you life sentence. This is a legacy exercise that summarizes your life work that you want to leave behind. In the words of that great theologian Tim McGraw; “I went sky diving; I went rocky mountain climbing; I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fumanchu. And I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter, An…
 
Few people realize that success is within their reach right now! The secret of success is determined by your daily agenda. Most people overestimate today and underestimate tomorrow. My success agenda is determined by the daily decisions I make and the daily disciplines I practice. You do not make decisions because they are easy. You do not make dec…
 
The three most difficult words to pronounce are I Was Wrong! There are three things people can do when they make mistakes. (1) They can resolve that they will never make another, which is fine, but impractical. (2) They may let their mistakes make cowards of them, which is foolish. )3) They can make up their minds that they will learn from their mi…
 
“When we talk about how good we are, we emotionally disqualify the people around us.” John Maxwell People are impressed with success but impacted by our failures. • If we’re going to lead well, we must talk about success as well as failure.•Makes the leader reachable.•Makes those learning teachable. How to get a great ROF: Return on Failure1.What w…
 
The Robert Schuller Question: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” The John Maxwell Question: “What have you learned from your failure?” The Roadmap For Learning Humility – The Spirit of Learning Reality – The Foundation of Learning Responsibility – The First Step of Learning Improvement – The Focus of Learning Hope – The M…
 
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.” — C.S. Lewis 7 Key Benefits of Courage Courage enables you to maximize the potential of yourself and others. It has been said that life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. The Law of Expansion says that Growth Always Increases Your Capacity…
 
Many leaders never achieve their potential because they are “blown up” by problems they never see coming. Because of the fear and anxiety of this pandemic year that many leaders have experienced it is worth our time to examine some leadership landmines. Keep in mind the mental – emotional health of spiritual leaders is 10x greater this year than an…
 
Bad situations in life needs good leadership. For some leaders a crisis will put them on the top. For some leaders, a crisis will topple them. Here are 7 Leadership Practices in Times of Crisis Stand Up and Be Seen During a crisis leaders serve as a repository of people’s fears and they absorb their uncertainties. A crisis is not the time to lock y…
 
Definition of CRISIS: A crisis is an intense time of difficulty requiring a decision that will be a turning point. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.” — John Kenneth Galbraith There are two (2) key thoughts to cover in thi…
 
We are now into Week #32 of our COVID journey. Pause for just a minute to realize what has happened in 2020. Who would have thought we all would be facing the circumstances of what this pandemic has done to our national way of living. Yet, here we are traveling through new territory – masks, social distancing, quarantined, work from home, partial u…
 
The idea of Annual Budget Projections is being put on hold by numerous Pastors. The truth of the matter is that churches should operate from a “3-Month Rolling Budget.” This means you keep and eye on the Long View Numbers, but you are only operating from a 90-day window. In other words, only the basics and bank the rest. We are at week #31 in this …
 
Communicate Clearly, Honestly, & Often It is hard to over-exaggerate the importance of this first factor. Evidence of good communication, especially between a church’s leadership and congregation, is the single biggest factor in a smooth leadership transition. The inverse is also true! This trend persists regardless of the events that precipitate a…
 
How big is this Relational Health Crisis? In 2019 54% of all practicing Christians stated they have at least one relational issue that is impacting relational connectivity. Consider also that 34% of practicing Christians were experiencing Anxiety or Depression in 2019. Since our COVID shutdown, these numbers have the potential of increasing exponen…
 
We are 29 weeks into our COVID journey and there are some data points that are solidifying. Notice the following:•Church Attendance Pre-COVID – 52% lower; 32% equal; 17%increasing•Giving Pre-COVID – 27% dn.; 56% same; 17% increased•Projected Overall Post-COVID – 51% decrease; 27% same; 17% growth What can be stated about these data points? While gr…
 
The “Call of God” to pastoral ministry has taken a huge hit in the last 28 weeks of COVID. This results in a huge impact in churches. 58% of pastors state they feel confident their church will survive 12 months from now. You might say, at least this is a majority! However, this is not all that reassuring since 1-in-3 churches will close their doors…
 
COVID will not propel spiritual growth – When we started this journey the majority of Faith Leaders felt the COVID experience in our nation would turn people’s hearts toward spiritual renewal and revival. The data has dropped from 50% believing it would cause a renewal to presently there are only a few that still hold to that belief. WOW! This is s…
 
I want to start this Podcast with some data points for context. Pre-COVID 3 of 5 Youth were walking away from the church. This is a fact that many did not even realize. Many leaders were tone deaf because of their own echo chamber – Everything is OK here! Millennials and Gen-Zers live a boundary-driven world. They have broader associations and worl…
 
We will take a look at five trends—illuminated by decades’ worth of Barna research, including studies conducted during the COVID-19 response—about engaging with and discipling the next generation. The Church Must Help Younger Generations Navigate Screen Time – Reports confirm that Millennials and Gen Z’s are spending an increased mount of time in f…
 
How are you doing at week #18 of our COVID journey? I trust that you have a support network of close friends and other leaders. I have prayed for you today! Our COVID journey is turning out to be far more than anyone could have imagined. There are 60% of churches in America that are now open with precautions in place. Re-opening is proving to be fa…
 
Covid seems to be the gift that keeps on giving! Here are some data points for review. •23% of families have been severely impacted – There is a need for holistic family systems training. •Top Pastoral emotions for the week: 18% anxious, 14% tired, 35% hopeful, 48% state that Kids and Youth Ministry are top priorities. •78% of parents are stressed …
 
I want to begin this podcast with a challenge to pray for our faith leaders across America. The pressure is intense and very real for these leaders. Everything we have ever known about church and its practice has been stood on its head. Would you leave a comment below and let’s togetherbuild a prayer force on behalf of our spiritual leaders. Spirit…
 
As of week #15 in the COVID-19 journey there is only 50% of churches that have re-opened with protective cautions. Just let that data point settle into your thinking for just a minute. Honestly, things are not going as well as initially thought. After allowing this fact to settle in consider also – 4 weeks ago 3% of pastors stated they would consid…
 
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